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Mick Schumacher to test for Ferrari in Bahrain

Ferrari has confirmed Mick Schumacher will test for the team on April 2, at one of the two days of testing scheduled to take place after this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prick.

Schumacher, the son of Ferrari legend Michael, who won five of his seven championships with the team, is also a member of its driver academy. This year he races in Formula Two, the official feeder series for F1.

The young German will drive the Ferrari SF90 on the Tuesday before getting a second full day behind the wheel of a car when he switches to the Alfa Romeo for Wednesday’s running. The test takes place at the Sakhir International circuit which hosts the Bahrain race, the second round of the 2019 season.

Sebastian Vettel will take over from Schumacher on the Wednesday for Ferrari. The Italian team has also confirmed another of its academy driver, Callum Ilot, will test for Alfa Romeo at the post-Spanish Grand Prix tests in May.

“We are firm believers in the value of the Ferrari Driver Academy, as a high level training programme for talented youngsters and the decision to give Charles Leclerc a race seat with our team is proof of that,” team boss Mattia Binotto said. “We are therefore very pleased to be able to give Mick and Callum the opportunity to experience driving a Formula One car.

“Mick, who joined the FDA in January, and Callum, who has been with us since 2017, are definitely drivers on their way up and I believe that driving the SF90 in an official setting such as the tests in Bahrain and Barcelona can be very useful at this stage in their career.

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